Thursday, August 24, 2006
The Washington Post: Students returning to school Monday will get the first taste of the D.C. (District of Columbia) school system's new science and social studies learning standards, which are aimed at immediately introducing more rigor into the classroom and ultimately new textbooks, standardized tests and even upgraded science labs.
The learning standards, outlining what students should know and be able to do at each grade level, are among many new policies and initiatives slated to be launched this year. The changes, school officials say, are intended to boost student achievement, increase the level of parental involvement in the schools and improve efficiency for teachers and administrators.
...The new science standards, modeled on those from Indiana, will focus more on experiments and hands-on learning, replacing the existing standards that emphasize book learning. The new science standards, according to school officials, will not teach creationism.